Psalm 109:18
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New International Version
He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil.

New Living Translation
Cursing is as natural to him as his clothing, or the water he drinks, or the rich food he eats.

English Standard Version
He clothed himself with cursing as his coat; may it soak into his body like water, like oil into his bones!

Berean Study Bible
The cursing he wore like a coat, may it soak into his body like water, and into his bones like oil.

New American Standard Bible
But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, And it entered into his body like water And like oil into his bones.

King James Bible
As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.

Christian Standard Bible
He wore cursing like his coat--let it enter his body like water and go into his bones like oil.

Contemporary English Version
He cursed others more often than he dressed himself. Let his curses strike him deep, just as water and olive oil soak through to our bones.

Good News Translation
He cursed as naturally as he dressed himself; may his own curses soak into his body like water and into his bones like oil!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He wore cursing like his coat-- let it enter his body like water and go into his bones like oil.

International Standard Version
He wore curses like a garment— may they enter his inner being like water and his bones like oil.

NET Bible
He made cursing a way of life, so curses poured into his stomach like water and seeped into his bones like oil.

New Heart English Bible
He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment. It came into his inward parts like water, like oil into his bones.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they wore curses like a supply of arms and they entered into them like waters and like oil into their bones.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He wore cursing as though it were clothing, so cursing entered his body like water and his bones like oil.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He clothed himself also with cursing as with his raiment, And it is come into his inward parts like water, And like oil into his bones.

New American Standard 1977
But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, And it entered into his body like water, And like oil into his bones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As he clothed himself with the curse like as with his garment, and it entered into his bowels like water and like oil into his bones.

King James 2000 Bible
As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, so let it come into his body like water, and like oil into his bones.

American King James Version
As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.

American Standard Version
He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment, And it came into his inward parts like water, And like oil into his bones.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he loved cursing, and it shall come unto him: and he would not have blessing, and it shall be far from him. And he put on cursing, like a garment: and it went in like water into his entrails, and like oil in his bones.

Darby Bible Translation
And he clothed himself with cursing like his vestment; so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones;

English Revised Version
He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment, and it came into his inward parts like water, and like oil into his bones. Let it be unto him as the raiment

Webster's Bible Translation
As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.

World English Bible
He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment. It came into his inward parts like water, like oil into his bones.

Young's Literal Translation
And he putteth on reviling as his robe, And it cometh in as water into his midst, And as oil into his bones.
Study Bible
The Song of the Slandered
17The cursing he loved, may it fall on him; the blessing he refused to delight in, may it be far from him. 18The cursing he wore like a coat, may it soak into his body like water, and into his bones like oil. 19May it be like a robe wrapped about him, like a belt tied forever around him.…
Cross References
Numbers 5:22
May this water that brings a curse enter your stomach and cause your belly to swell and your thigh to shrivel.' Then the woman is to say, 'Amen, Amen.'

Psalm 73:6
Therefore pride is their necklace; a garment of violence covers them.

Psalm 109:29
My accusers will be clothed with disgrace; they will wear their shame like a robe.

Jeremiah 43:12
I will kindle a fire in the temples of the gods of Egypt, and he will burn those temples and take their gods as captives. So he will wrap himself with the land of Egypt as a shepherd wraps himself in his garment, and he will depart from there unscathed.

Ezekiel 7:27
The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with despair, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. I will deal with them according to their conduct, and I will judge them by their own standards. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'"

Ezekiel 32:27
They do not lie down with the fallen warriors of old, who went down to Sheol with their weapons of war, whose swords were placed under their heads, whose shields rested on their bones, although the terror of the mighty was once in the land of the living.

Treasury of Scripture

As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.

as he

Psalm 73:6 Therefore pride compasses them about as a chain; violence covers …

Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe …

Colossians 3:8,12 But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

so let

Numbers 5:22,27 And this water that causes the curse shall go into your bowels, to …

Job 20:12-16,20-23 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue…

Matthew 26:24 The Son of man goes as it is written of him…

Matthew 27:3-5 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, …

Acts 1:18,25 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling …

into his bowels. Heb. within him

Verse 18. - As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment (comp. Psalm 10:7; Psalm 59:12; Psalm 62:4). Extreme malevolence vents itself in curses, which tend to become frequent, and, so to speak, habitual. So let it come; rather, so it cams, or so it will come. Into his bowels like water. Dr. Kay sees here an allusion to the "water of cursing" which was drunk by the woman whose husband taxed her with unfaithfulness (Numbers 5:22); and so also Hengstenberg. But this is doubtful. Perhaps the mere penetrative power of water is alluded to. See the next clause. And like oil into his bones. The oil, wherewith it was usual to anoint the frame, was believed to penetrate, not only into the tissues, but into the very bones and marrow. As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment,.... He was full of it; his mouth was full of cursing and bitterness; it was visible in him, easy to be discerned; he took pride as well as pleasure in it, it was in his esteem an ornament to him, as his clothes were. The Syriac version renders it, "as armour"; as if it was a protection to him, or he thought it to be so.

So let it come into his bowels like water; the meaning is, let the wrath of God and the curse of the law come into his conscience, and make sad work there, and fill him with dread and terror, and that in great abundance, and with great force; like a flood of waters that carry all before it; or like the waters of jealousy which made the belly to swell and the thigh to rot; or the flying roll of the curse, which entering into the house of the sinner destroyed it, and all in it, Numbers 5:22.

And like oil into his bones; which is more piercing and penetrating than water; and signifies the inward and quick sense he should have of his sins, and of the wrath of God for them; see Job 20:11. 109:6-20 The Lord Jesus may speak here as a Judge, denouncing sentence on some of his enemies, to warn others. When men reject the salvation of Christ, even their prayers are numbered among their sins. See what hurries some to shameful deaths, and brings the families and estates of others to ruin; makes them and theirs despicable and hateful, and brings poverty, shame, and misery upon their posterity: it is sin, that mischievous, destructive thing. And what will be the effect of the sentence, Go, ye cursed, upon the bodies and souls of the wicked! How it will affect the senses of the body, and the powers of the soul, with pain, anguish, horror, and despair! Think on these things, sinners, tremble and repent.
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